Stab Magazine | Shark Attack at Bombo Beach, NSW, Leaves Local Surfer in Serious Condition
556 Views

Shark Attack at Bombo Beach, NSW, Leaves Local Surfer in Serious Condition

Friend saves 22 year old’s life using leash as tourniquet.

news // Mar 31, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Last night, 22 year old South Coast local surfer, Brett Connellan, suffered injuries to his left leg and hand after he was attacked by a shark at Bombo Beach, NSW.

The attack occurred around seven. A rescue helicopter was called and Brett was taken to St George Hospital. His condition was reported as “serious but stable,” according to an NSW ambulance Service spokeswoman.

He’s “missing three quarters of his thigh,” reported a paramedic on scene.

Brett was pulled to shore by a friend he was surfing with, who proceeded fix a tourniquet with his leash and stemmed the blood flow, reportedly saving Mr Connellan’s life. “Actions from his surfing companion kept him alive until our paramedics,” said ambulance Inspector, Geoff Senior, “were able to perform a blood transfusion. 

This shot’s pulled from Brett’s facebook, a good surfer and local. We wish a speedy recovery.

Last night, Brett underwent emergency surgery, in addition to the wounds, he suffered a fracture to his left leg.

It is currently unclear what species of was the culprit of the attack.

“Only 14 deadly great white sharks have been tagged in the past seven months as part of the Baird government’s SharkSmart app program, leading to concerns the technology is giving beachgoers a false sense of security,” states an article in the Daily Telegraph. “Fifteen bull sharks have also been tagged since August, when the government unveiled its monitoring program in the wake of a spike in shark attacks off the north coast.”

However, to be fair to the Australian gov’s attempt to cull the shark problem, it’s the ocean, there’s sharks and the risk of an attack is something all surfers are aware of every time they hit the water. Even if it’s out of site, out of mind.

Hopefully Brett’s backhand will return to the water soon. Photo: WSL

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

An Unorthodox Marriage Of Science And Surf

Cliff Kapono and The Mega Lab are changing stereotypes on all fronts.

Nov 28, 2022

5:07

Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg

“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."

Nov 27, 2022

What If You Bought This Sumatran Surf Camp For $690k?

Making a blue print out of surfing's most recurring day dream.

Nov 27, 2022

Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME 

'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'

Nov 27, 2022

4:25

“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”

Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.

Nov 26, 2022

Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?

The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.

Nov 25, 2022

25:17

Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough

Could'a fooled us.

Nov 25, 2022

Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Nov 24, 2022

27:45

How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World

Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.

Nov 23, 2022

The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare

"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble

Nov 23, 2022

3:36

‘I Thought He Was Gonna Grab A Machete… Then He Picked Up A Rock’

2x SSOTY Jai Glindeman’s drama (& left-tube) filled Sumbawa trip.

Nov 23, 2022

3:34

“The Inside Of Pipeline Sounds Like The Center Of The Universe”

Tosh Tudor seeks solitude at the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 22, 2022

Is Rasta Rob Really Going To Ride His Beloved Stock Dims Rad Ripper At The Vans Pipe Masters?

An interview with the most rapidly ascended surfer in recent memory.

Nov 22, 2022

Sierra Kerr And Robbie McCormick Win Vans Stab High Indonesia Presented By Monster Energy

And we had a live premiere in Oceanside to celebrate.

Nov 22, 2022

The Stab Guide To The World Cup

Including which team bears most similarities to former CT surfer Ricky "Ricky Badness" Basnett.

Nov 21, 2022

Unlocked: Albee Layer Speaks His Mind In His SEOTY Entry, ‘Delirium’

Come for the double rotations, stay for Albee's existential thoughts on surfing and life.

Nov 20, 2022

Buy Now: John John Florence’s ‘Gravity’

Get Gravity and support Junior Lifeguards.

Nov 20, 2022

5:02

Craig Anderson Could Find A Spitting Tube In A Tranquil Koi Pond

“How the fuck did I get an invite?”

Nov 19, 2022
Advertisement